Category: Business Trends

The Search For Relevance In A Time Of Change

I just finished a series of meetings with CEOs and top HR leaders and it’s a puzzling time. Companies are growing and seeing tremendous demand, yet they’re finding it harder than ever to attract, hire, and retain people.

One of these companies is a highly respected company: Glassdoor ratings over 4.8, winner of every “best ... Read more»

Lessons From The Amazon Labor Union. Are Workers Now In Charge?

What does the Amazon Labor Union win teach us about leadership, management, and HR? Of all the myriad challenges we’ve faced over the last few years, one trend is clear. Worker power is on the rise.

And I don’t just mean unions (like the Amazon Labor Union win in Staten Island) or the Starbucks ... Read more»

Unleashing Human Potential: The Real Secret Of Business Success

As we prepare for our Irresistible Conference (where I will be launching my book), I’ve been thinking back about all we’ve been through over the last five years. It’s a lot.

We’ve suffered through the pandemic, political instability, a global climate crisis, and now a war. Employees are burned out, stress levels are at all-time ... Read more»

Haphazard Organization Design Is Holding Companies Back From Growth

Just released. New Research on Designing Jobs for the Future of Work.

Every day there’s another roadblock to growth. Inflation at nearly 8%, a war in Eastern Europe, more jobs than we have people, and employees leaving companies in droves.

As part of our Global Workforce Intelligence Project we’ve been interviewing CHROs in healthcare, ... Read more»

What To Do About Russia And Ukraine

Talk about surprises. We may have found the issue that brings people together in this country. Ukraine and Russia.

It’s not easy to watch the Russian Federation indiscriminately bomb cities and families, and CEOs are taking notice. As of March 10, more than 300 global corporations have chosen to discontinue business operations in Russia, and ... Read more»

Introducing The Global Workforce Intelligence Project

Today we’re introducing one of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on in my career: the Global Workforce Intelligence (GWI) Project. This is a massive initiative we started over the last year to understand the new jobs roles, skills, and career pathways in every major industry around the world.

It’s a big project, and ... Read more»

From The Great Resignation To The Great Inflation. It’s Time To Get Creative.

This month we learned that the US inflation rate is over 7.5%, the US economy is growing at over 5.5%, and more than 460,000 jobs were created in January alone. The global economy is growing at a record rate and companies are finding it harder and harder to hire.

We’ve gone from “The ... Read more»

Why Gaming Is The New Killer App: Enter The Metaverse

Why did Microsoft spend $75 Billion to acquire Activision, the makers of Warcraft, Starcraft, Call of Duty, and other best-selling games? It’s not just because they want to be big in the Metaverse. It’s something bigger.

Gaming is now the killer app. (And now The New York Times bought Wordle!).

Think about where ... Read more»

What The Pandemic Taught Us About Change

Despite all its downsides, this pandemic has been somewhat miraculous for business. We can work productively from home, we can buy food and entertainment from our phones, nearly everything can be delivered quickly, and our consumer experiences are safe, fast, and digital.

In fact, just about every company, every product, and every service has been ... Read more»

What Should We Do About Inflation?

Everywhere you go people are talking about inflation. And for good reason: this month we saw an annual 7% inflation rate, the biggest gain in 39 years. And as I see it, this is likely to continue, so what are we going to do?

First, Why The Inflation?

While there are many contributing causes, ... Read more»

Welcome to 2022: Too Many Jobs, Not Enough People

Welcome to 2022. The job market is a bit crazy and we’re in for one of the most dynamic years in our lives. Let me try to explain what’s going on.

First, let’s discuss the Great Resignation (which I call The Great Migration). People are quitting their companies, changing careers, and upgrading their jobs ... Read more»

Predictions for 2022: Everything Is About To Change

Well, it’s time to talk about predictions for 2022, and the number one theme is change.

And in a sense, everything is about to change.

If you think back about where we are, it has been 14 years since the 2008 financial crisis, and we’ve been through digital transformation, economic hyper-growth, a stock market ... Read more»

Nextdoor: The Antidote To The Metaverse

Imagine a social network where you actually know everyone you interact with?

Imagine a social network where you trust all the people you talk with?

Imagine a social network where kindness is more important than anger?

Imagine a social network that’s local and not remote?

Imagine a social network that talks about dogs, and ... Read more»

What Is The Metaverse? Facebook’s Strategy And How Microsoft, Disney, and Amazon Could Win.

What Is A Metaverse?

Simply put, a Metaverse is a digital space represented by digital representations of people, places, and things. In other words, it’s a “digital world” with real people represented by digital objects.

In many ways, Microsoft Teams or Zoom is already a form of a Metaverse. You are “there” in the room, ... Read more»